Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Spotlight on Graphic 45 - Fiona's Nature Sketchbook Creations

Hello Crafty Friends

We all love Graphic 45, but I think our Guest Designer Fiona loves it the mostest. yes - the MOSTEST! lol.

Today Fiona shares some gorgeous projects that she has been working on using the Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook collection. You'll need the smelling salts for these!

Hello Crafters!

I love Graphic 45.... I almost love it so much that I can be scared of using it! So I like to spend a few days 'ímmersing' myself in it, getting used to it, handling it and inspiring ideas.

The quality of G45 products is very high with the paper being heavy weight and colour-rich. The designs are so striking, unique and colourful, they always draw the eye of the observer. It's so inspiring.... after getting over the initial reluctance to cut up such a beautiful product!!

A good idea is to start with something simple - a card say... pick an image and design around it with colour schemes, themes or words.......

With G45 designs, additional embellishments can be kept to a minimum if you wish. Because of the excellent quality of this paper, designs can be fussy cut and used as embellishments.....

After attempting some cards, you may want to take it a step further..... like this Post It note holder.......

The more you work with the collection, the braver you become, and your imagination can really kick in!

Here are my cards and trinket boxes all together.....

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you had as much fun as I did

Fiona xx

Monday, January 30, 2017

Hello, I Love You.... February Sneak Peeks!

Hello Crafty Friends!

Wow... didn't January just fly by?!
It's almost the end of the month and the Aunty Vera Team has been very busy planning a whole new month of crafty goodness.
here's a little sneak peek at our February Kit.... Hello, I Love You........

Fun? You bet!!
Now here's a little peek at what our Creative Team have been up to.....

From Lolly..........

From Donna...

And from Amira...

I can't wait to see what they've created!!

Tomorrow we have a special Guest Designer treat for you to celebrate the last day of January.
Then Wednesday we reveal our awesome February Kit...... complete with Unboxing Videos from the Creative Team!
Then Friday... we're having the bestest give-away ever! Yes... the BESTEST!
It's going to be a huge week, and we hope you'll join us every step of the way.

Hugs from Aunty Vera and the Creative Team xx

Saturday, January 28, 2017

We Bling You This Important Update . . .

Hello Crafty Friends....... as promised we have one more project featuring our January Kit.
Today Lolly shows us how you can take just one element from the kit and add it to other projects for that extra bit of sparkle.

Ok Lolly...... Bling it on!!.......

Hello, lovelies!

I had a blast at a creative reuse center last night.  A creative reuse center only sells donated goods which can be made into arts and crafts projects.   How cool is that??    When I have unwanted craft supplies, I bling them to that store, too.  Our creative reuse center also offers classes in which we use goods that have been donated there.

So I went to a class about decorating a framed image; the frame, the mat, the papers, etc., were all donated to the store.   So THAT was a challenge!    I think I did a decent job with it, and it reminds me of many of our crafting goals for 2017:  use what you have on hand!

I did cheat, however, when I got home. . .  I wanted to bling something extra to the project and use some trim that came in our January Creative Team kit from Aunty Vera!  

That top edge seemed to need me to bling something special to the project, so I did.  This trim is amazing, and I wish you could see it in person.   It's available in Aunty Vera's shop HERE.

The package contains a generous yard of trim, which is good because this is already a favorite.  

Here's a closeup of the top edge.  I adhered it with E6000 glue, but hot glue would also work well with this trim.

I also tucked one piece of the trim into the bottom to bling some happiness down there, too.

Is that gorgeous, or what?   Reminds me of "something old, something new."    Combining the "what we have on hand" with something new to bling the two together in harmony.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out our creative projects for Aunty Vera.  You truly bling happiness to all our activities!


Friday, January 27, 2017

Amira's January Kit Project #4 - Shaker Embellishments

Hello Crafty Friends!

I told you our January Kit was so full of crafty goodness it would keep you crafting all month, right? Well we still have a couple of Creative Team projects to squeeze in before the end of January. 
See.... told ya! lol

Today, Amira shares her fabulous Shaker Embellishments. Such fun!!

Hello dearies !!

I am back with my final project for January. You are going to LOVE this one.
I sure do.

Today, I grabbed my Cheery Lynn Shaker Embellishments (the hearts), the left over paper, some acetate sheets, fun foam and some nesting dies I had from my stash in the hope of making some shaker embellishments.

I used the second and third to smallest dies to create my elements.
Each embellishments will need a large background die-cut, a large acetate die-cut, a foam ring created by nesting the small and large die together through the die-cutting machine and a decorative pattern paper ring.

Do you like my tribute to the Olympics? :)

Now, its time to assemble.

Start off with a large background piece and using a fine tip applicator (PVA glue works just fine), adhere the foam ring to the large background piece. 
Now you have a donut ;)

Next, pull your Cheery Lynne embellishments out and have a feel for how cool they are. I want to make a chain mail heart shirt out of them!
But be careful- sigh!
They do have a warning that says they have sharp edges. For the "special" people I guess.

Using your SHARP fine scissors (responsible adults only please), snip a row of hearts and enjoy working small ;)

They fill your little donut nicely.

Next, glue your acetate on top of the foam.
Then add your ring of decorative paper to hide the acetate!!

How easy is that!
Embellish like crazy!

Oh and on that note. 
You know the Celebrate It flowers that came in the January Kit?
These ones?

I added a drop of the Nuvo Jewel drops to them.

When they dry, they look like dew drops on petals!
They are truly magical :)

After I made batch #1, I revved up a notch and pulled out......

Yep you guess it!
Hello babies!!

How cute are these :)

I then revved up one more notch and added seed beads AND sequins along with the shaker hearts.

Look at how unique these are.

I then revved up to top notch and added a double foam ring to allow for these TINY polymer clay embellishments that I mis-ordered last year from eBay (do you remember my whinge?)

Life has taught me time and time again that things happen for a reason!
I may not know why at the time but there is purpose to everything! I am SO happy I have these little things and excuse me while I go and clear out Aunty Vera of all these shaker embellishments because I have now gone GAGA for shaker embellishments!!

I embellished this one with those flowers I prepared earlier (still wet so looks a bit milky) AND I added my word for 2017 and put it on a paper clip.

Here is another one. Oh boy, this is so addictive.

You can watch my tutorial here

I sure hope you give embellishment shakers a go.
Thank you so much for joining me. 
See you next month.

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